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Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 12 January 1939 (USA)
To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.


Norman Z. McLeod


Jack Jevne (screen play), Eddie Moran (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Marion Kerby
Roland Young ... Mr. Topper
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Topper
Alan Mowbray ... Wilkins
Verree Teasdale ... Mrs. Parkhurst
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Alexander D'Arcy ... Baron
Paul Hurst ... Bartender
Armand Kaliz ... Hotel Clerk
Eddie Conrad ... Jailer
Spencer Charters ... Judge
Irving Pichel ... Prosecutor
Leon Belasco ... Bellboy
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Magistrate
Asta ... 'Mr. Atlas' - Dog (as Skippy)


Mrs. Topper's friend Mrs. Parkhurst has convinced Mrs. Topper to file for a divorce from Cosmo, due to the strange circumstances of his trip with ghost Marion Kirby. Marion comes back from heaven's door to help Cosmo again, this time only with dog Mr. Atlas. Due to the strange behavior of Cosmo, the judge refuses to divorce them, so Mrs. Parkhurst takes Mrs. Topper on a trip to France, where she tries to arrange the final reasons for the divorce, with the help of a gold-digging French baron. Marion takes Cosmo to the same hotel, to bring them back together and to get her own final ticket to heaven, but the whole thing turns out to be not so easy... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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English | French

Release Date:

12 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Topper Takes a Trip See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Milton H. Bren had wanted Cary Grant to reprise his role from the original film, Topper (1937). When he was unable to obtain Grant's services, he substituted a clip from that film - hence the onscreen credit thanking Grant. See more »


When Marion opens all the jail cells; a crowd of prisoners starts scuffling with the police as Topper starts exiting via the left side of the crowd. But on the next cut; Topper is now exiting via the right side. See more »


Wilkins: Mr. Topper's in jail, Madam.
Mrs. Topper: In jail? What for?
Wilkins: Disturbing the peace, malicious destruction and common drunkenness, Madam.
Mrs. Topper: And they put him in jail for that?
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Opening credits are displayed as Luggage Labels for cast and crew. See more »

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The film was colorized in the late 1980s. See more »


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Ghostly Encounters--Act Two
1 July 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Cosmo TOPPER TAKES A TRIP--with ghostly Marion Kerby and dead dog Atlas--to the French Riviera in hopes of winning back the estranged Mrs. Topper.

Hal Roach Studios presents more of the adventures of Topper in this follow-up to their previous comedy success. Many of the comic situations are highly reminiscent of the first film, but they are still funny and enough new material has been added to engage and hold the viewer's attention.

Roland Young & Billie Burke return as the Toppers and they are still a delight--Mr. Young owlish & serious in the silliest of situations and Miss Burke forever sweetly vague and befuddled. Gorgeous Constance Bennett, as ghostess Marion, remains free-spirited in her (unwelcome) attempts to help Cosmo out of his latest pickle. Somber Alan Mowbray is also back--and in top form--as the Toppers' devout butler.

Some new costars are on hand to help liven things up: Verree Teasdale plays Mrs. Topper's catty friend; Franklin Pangborn is the oleaginous manager of the Hotel St. Pierre; and suave Alexander D'Arcy provides some laughs as a gigolo baron intent on acquiring Miss Burke's money.

Movie mavens will recognize George Davis as a temperamental porter and Paul Porcasi as a suspicious casino manager, both uncredited. Atlas is played by that remarkable canine thespian, Asta. Cary Grant appears only in footage lifted from the first film.

A couple of scenes in particular are worth waiting for--the first when Topper, with invisible ghostly help, breaks the bank at the French casino's roulette wheel; the second comes when D'Arcy is subjected to humiliating indignities on the beach, courtesy of Miss Bennett and Asta.

This was the second of a 3-film series, coming after TOPPER (1937) and followed by TOPPER RETURNS (1941).

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